First Drive: 2014 Lexus IS350 F-Sport

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Is A New Kind Of Lexus Hiding Under That Radical Skin?

2014 Lexus IS350 F-Sport - front three-quarter view with trees

When the now-outgoing Lexus IS generation was launched back in 2006, the company would not have been wise to bring the compact luxury sedan to be driven by journalists to a track like Driveway Austin Motorsports. Taking along a BMW 335i for comparison loops would have proved an ill choice as well.

Our own Jonathon Ramsey found the current-generation Lexus IS250 to be fairly nimble over a tightly wound autocross course, when he drove it back-to-back with the prototype version of this 2014 IS a few months ago. Our track for testing the fully realized version of the IS350 F-Sport meanwhile – again with the 2013 version along for competitive driving – was on a circuit designed to string together recreations of some of the best tracks in the world. Laguna Seca, bits of the N

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